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Tamil Nadu to store patient data on cloud

Date: 04 November 2019 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers

Issue

The Tamil Nadu government will digitise the patient data in all government hospitals and allied institutions in the State for future reference and research purposes by storing them on cloud.

 

Background

The government currently follows a decade-old policy by destroying records after three years, which deprived patients or their kin from seeking copies of the treatment protocol after the stipulated time frame.

 

Details

  • The storage of patient documents for more than three years was a problem owing to space constraints. However, in case of medico-legal cases, patient records were being maintained for eight years.

  • With the government rolling out the e-office policy, the scope for automation has widened in the administration of government hospitals.

 

Cloud storage

 

Benefits

  • Reduction in Cost of Ownership

With cloud storage, there is no hardware to purchase, storage to provision, or capital being used for "someday" scenarios. You can add or remove capacity on demand, quickly change performance and retention characteristics, and only pay for storage that you actually use.

 

  • Time to Deployment

When development teams are ready to execute, infrastructure should never slow them down. Cloud storage allows IT to quickly deliver the exact amount of storage needed, right when it's needed.

 

  • Information Management

Centralizing storage in the cloud creates a tremendous leverage point for new use cases. By using cloud storage lifecycle management policies, you can perform powerful information management tasks including automated tiering or locking down data in support of compliance requirements.

 

Types of cloud storage

 Applications developed in the cloud often take advantage of object storage's vast scalablity and metadata characteristics. Object storage are ideal for building modern applications from scratch that require scale and flexibility, and can also be used to import existing data stores for analytics, backup, or archive.

 

 Some applications need to access shared files and require a file system. This type of storage is often supported with a Network Attached Storage (NAS) server. File storage solutions are ideal for use cases like large content repositories, development environments, media stores, or user home directories.

 

  • Block Storage 

Other enterprise applications like databases or ERP systems often require dedicated, low latency storage for each host. Block-based cloud storage are provisioned with each virtual server and offer the ultra low latency required for high performance workloads.